The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
During the desperate winter of 1940, as the threat of German invasion hung over England, the British government mounted a massive, secret campaign of propaganda to weaken the isolationist sentiment in America and manipulate the country into entering the war on England's behalf. Under the command... show more
During the desperate winter of 1940, as the threat of German invasion hung over England, the British government mounted a massive, secret campaign of propaganda to weaken the isolationist sentiment in America and manipulate the country into entering the war on England's behalf. Under the command of the now legendary INTREPID, the British planted propaganda in American newspapers, covertly influenced radio stations and wire services, and plotted against American corporations doing business with the Third Reich. They also pushed President Roosevelt to create a similar covert intelligence agency in the US, and played a role in the selection of William Donovan as its head. Now for the first time, with great research and reporting, Jennet Conant reveals that the beloved author Roald Dahl was a member of Churchill's infamous dirty tricks squad, and tells the full story of how he was recruited to spy on the Americans during World War II.
Publish date: September 9th 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 393
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, American History
, Spy Thriller
, Biography Memoir
, World War II
I feel like the author kept trying to fit in the larger social and political context, but mostly just got side tracked a lot. I would have liked a lot more BSC and a lot less DC gossip (though I realise there was a good deal of overlap). Though perhaps the problem is largely that Dahl's involvement ...
It's rather shocking to discover one of your favorite children's authors was a spy...against your own country. Roald Dahl, most famously known as the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was a spy during World War II for England, which planted agents in the U.S. for the purpose of finding ou...
Okay. This is one to put on my re-read list. If nothing else an interesting look into US-GB relations during WWII.
Besides giving details of Dahl's role as a spy, the book does offer connections between his work and his short stories for adults.